Happy New Year to everyone. Call to worship was given by the Reverend E. Frazer Lacy last Epiphany Sunday. There was also a baptism of Luke Emerson Brown on Sunday with parents John and Brittany Brown.
Elizabeth would appreciate it if you could have your submission handed in to her by January 21st, 2019 for the Annual Report.
The church schedule for the next few upcoming Sundays is: January13th, Robert Bennett. January 20th, Robert Bennett. January 27th, Darlene Hallett, and February 3rd, Michael Bishop .
The offices of the First Nation have reopened and everyone is well rested. The children's programs have resumed, as well as the programs for the adults. Happy Birthday to those celebrating this week and who celebrated last week. I can be reached at (905) 985-7662 or at email@example.com.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre: The Thursday euchre results are as follows: Heidi Kreig and Bryan Allemang tied for first place. Jim Tucker came in second. Eileen Nelson was third.Mary Lou Breward finished in fourth place, and John Kay came in fifth. Heidi Kreig had the most lone hands and Barb Brigley had the low score. Nestleton Euchre meets every Thursday evening (except holidays) in the Nestleton Community Centre located at 3971 Hwy. 7A. Play starts at 7:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome.
I hope your Christmas and New Years celebrations were the best ever, and I wish you a happy and healthy 2019.
It was a memorable conclusion to the Christmas Eve service at the Epsom church as candles were lit, lights were dimmed, Silent Night was sung, and a very Merry Christmas was wished to one another. Wasn't that a gorgeous sunny Christmas day. It was so welcomed following the many cloudy and dreary days during November and December.
On December 19th, the High School Fine Arts Department presented “Winter Frost”, which featured choral groups, concert bands, guitar playing, drama, visual arts and a ballet ensemble. It was a fantastic evening hearing the youth of our community perform in such an excellent fashion. So much thanks goes to the teachers who spent countless hours perfecting the talent of the students.
On December 23rd, at the Sunderland Hall, Leah Daniels, Beverley Mahood and Leah's band extraordinaire delivered an amazing Christmas show. The afternoon show was privileged to witness Tim's proposal to Leah. It was such a surprise for Leah, and so exciting for those of us that were there to be a part of it. Congratulations Leah and Tim. Many beautiful years ahead are wished for you in this journey together.
On Sunday, December 30th, at the Scugog Community Center the Celebration of Life for Carol Wilbur was held. Through tears and laughter her three sons and friends honoured her life's journey. To conclude the celebration, Carol's three sons sang one of Carol's favorite ballads so beautifully, with harmony being exceptional.
Many in our community attended the funeral for Kaye Evans, at the Thorne Funeral home in Sunderland, on Thursday, December 2nd. Kaye lived in the Epsom/Pinegrove area during his younger years, and then moved to Pinedale after he and Audrey married. We send our sincere sympathy to Audrey , their three sons and their families.
We were also very saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Bierema just before Christmas. Brian fought cancer for two and a half years before it took his life. His funeral service was held on Saturday, January 5th at the Leaskdale Presbyterian church and many family and friends came to say their last goodbyes and offer their condolences to his wife Sandi , their three sons, and their families. We also extend our deepest sympathy to sisters Mary Evans, Nancy Harsell, and Jean Paisley who will miss a loving brother.
We welcome Pastor John Molenaar as our Minister at worship on Sunday, January 13th. A welcome also awaits our friend Gord Taylor, from Mt. Zion, who will join us on Sunday, January 20th. Gord Taylor will speak on that Sunday, and John will lead the worship.
This week is marked by being back to school time for the staff and students at Cartwright Central Public School, and many others who took time off over the break. Hopefully getting back into the daily routine went as smoothly as possible for everyone.
The Blackstock Drum Circle meets at the Blackstock-Nestleton United Church, on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is a small group (with room for more) that has a passion for drumming. A limited number of drums are available to rent for $5.00. If you have your own drum, it is $2.00 for the evening. If you would like more information about the group or would like to join in, please call Michelle Adams at (905) 986-4817.
This week's euchre winners are: George Wind finished in first place. John Kay and Alma Manns tied for second and third place. Norm Lackner came in fourth place. Lorna Edgerton finished in fifth place.
There was a four-way tie for most lone hands between George Wind, John Kay, Alma Manns and Jacky Attfield. Bryan Allemang and Alma Manns played one game where they scored 22 points. Congratulations to both. Blackstock euchre is held every Tuesday evening (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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Its been three weeks, and it seems like a very long time since I last wrote a column. Things went from being super busy, to nothing much happening, as far as community activities went. Most families, of course, had some gatherings to keep the excitement rolling. There were so many, in fact, that if I started enumerating them all, the page would be full, and I’d be bound to miss someone.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season, and that 2019 will be the year of health, happiness, some prosperity, and more peace in the world; although that seems to be a vain hope in light of the political situation.
A large number of people celebrated their birthdays during the Christmas season, including Wilma Doucette, Carol Meek, Cathy Ellig, Nancy Wolfe, and Pam Noble. Anniversary wishes also go out to Lynn and Walter Campbell as they celebrate their 30th year together.
Gord Rolling has been in the hospital for several weeks now and Grace Walker has also been in hospital. Dorthy Baker and others have been laid low by the flu bug.
On December 18th, the owners of The Standard Newspaper hosted an Open House at their office on Reach St. It was fun to chat with younger members of the staff, as well as several other columnists, who don’t necessarily fall into that category. Thanks to the Greens' for providing us the opportunity to broadcast our community events and activities.
Zephyr hosted a “Breakfast with Santa” event on December 8th. The event provided several activities for the kids to enjoy, and there was a great turnout. Unfortunately, Sandford did not have one this year.
On Thursday, December 19th, I attended, along with a few hundred others, the Christmas concert at the Port Perry High School. My great-niece and nephew were involved, as well as a couple of other young people I knew. It was a fantastic event with a variety of entertainment ranging from choral groups, and several band groupings, to dance and drama. You could not find a better musical event anywhere else when you think about how old (or how young) these kids are. Kudos to their music instructors and all the others involved. It is too bad that all schools do not have such programs, although I must say that UHS is pretty good too.
On Sunday, December 23rd, in Sandford, the 4th and last Sunday of Advent was held. It was the Sunday of Love; a commodity seemingly in short supply in so many parts of the world, including our own. The candles for Hope, Peace, and Joy were relit. It was to remind us of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and of a mother's love and care, as well as God’s love for us. Also, as part of the service, there were two baptisms. One for Hunter Steven Michael Dunsmoor, and another for Skyla Ann Boy-Fitzsimon, the grandchildren of Adele Boy. Adele took part in the sacrament. Her son, and his wife and children, stayed with Adele for two weeks following this event. Our musician for the service was our wonderful Carol Gibson, and we can never get enough of her music. Adding to that was the reading by Ken Welsh of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, with all the drama you would want added to it. We thank them both for their wonderful blessings to the service.
On Christmas Eve we enjoyed a joint service in Zephyr, along with the Missionary church members. Pastor Gord Shreeve collaborated with Reverend Eiko, to put together a lovely worship with a couple of young ladies from that church also participating.
On Christmas Day, because the other members of our family were engaged, Ivan and I attended the lunch at the Senior’s building for the first time, as did several others from our area, and a lot from the town of our acquaintance. It was a very tasty meal, and the friendship was great. Thanks to all the volunteers who put it together, including food donors, and servers and the cooks.
A flyer arrived in the mail announcing that Dr. Karen Bardecki was selling her veterinary practice to Dr. Rachel Stadnyk. Rachel hails from up north, but met and married Jamie Risebrough. Jamie is the son of David and Judy Risebrough, and works with his uncle Michael on the long-time family owned farm located on Davis Drive. Jamie, Rachel and the children live in the house where his grandparents Gord and Dorothy lived prior to their passing, so she is definitely a Sandford resident. Congratulations Rachel.
On December 30th, Reverend Eiko was away, and the joint church service was conducted by Carol Johnson, with her granddaughter Casey Spenser on the piano. Carol spoke on what life was like for Jesus as a child, and had a number of Jewish regalia to show, and special articles to share to illustrate Jewish traditions. It was a very interesting topic that provided a lot of information. The adults were shown up by Tanis’s grandson, though, who seemed to know more about this topic than we did because he had a Jewish friend in school.
On January 6th, the first Sunday of Epiphany, was held in Sandford. All the services in January will be in Sandford, and will start at 10 a.m. Reverend Eiko spoke about creation and how it never ends. He spoke about how there is always something being made anew, and how new light is being shone on some things and many others. This was all the more interesting in light of what is happening in space with small craft travelling millions of light years away past rocks formed billions of years ago. Nancy Wolfe was at the organ; we missed it. Following the service, a lengthy meeting took place with discussion and some voting on the future direction of the individual churches and the charge. Of course, one change happened to us on January 1st, when we were made part of the new Region 11. As of yet that has not had any impact on anything we might do in the future. The hard part lies ahead with many options being potentially made available.
Next week the service will be at 10 a.m. in Sandford with Reverend Eiko conducting. On January 24th , the UCW Annual Potluck Lunch and meeting will be held. All ladies are welcome. We are also invited to a meeting with our new group on January 16th. I hope that several other ladies can attend with me.
Welcome to the New Year of 2019. Celebrations of Christmas and the New Year are behind us as we look forward with hope and wonder to the days ahead. Most children, and older students, returned to school on January 7th, and are wished much success in their studies.
On December 18th, 2018, great-grandparents Bill and Margaret Ann Lamb welcomed their first great-grandchild, Nolan Daniel Lamb, into their family along with grandparents Ken and Karen Lamb, and proud parents Kevin and Alex Lamb. All the families reside in Manchester, and I'd like to extend best wishes to all the four generations of Lambs!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Barb Ward and Margaret Ann Lamb, who celebrated their birthdays in December. On January 1st, 2019, Hunter Doble turned 11 years old. Hunter was the first New Year baby in Port Perry in 2008. Congratulations Hunter.
The Ontario County Holstein Club luncheon and annual meeting were held at the church on Friday, January 4th, with the Evening U.C.W. catering.
There will be euchre games at the Greenbank Hall each week on Wednesdays and Fridays. This week, there will also be games on Saturday January 12th. All euchre games start at 7:30 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m. For Hall rentals please contact Larry at (905) 985-3723.
Folk music returns to the Greenbank Hall on Saturday, January 26th, at 8 p.m. with a triple feature: The Mayhemingways, Rich Burnett with Minnie Heart, and Mike Kerr. Admission is $25. Call (905)985-0060, (905)852-4282, or (905)985-8351. To reserve tickets go to www.greenbankfolkmusic.ca, and on Facebook.
At Sunday's church service, Wilma Smith provided organ music for the service. The Christ candle was lit by Leslie Martens and her young daughter Madeline. Val Hunter accompanied the choir with the choral anthem. Marita Parsons gave the Minute for Mission entitled, “Surprised by Joy”, and told how marginalized members of our society find some joy through programs supported partly by Mission and Service givings. Minister Stephanie talked to the children and adults about welcoming others into the community, and about our church family. Sunday School follows the Minister's children's time, and all children, three years old and up, are welcome to attend with leaders Holly and Leslie.
To rent the Church Hall and/or the Sanctuary, please call Valerie Hunter at (905) 985-3586.
The Observer church magazine is being renewed by Cheryl Quantrill. To renew your subscription or become a subscriber, please contact Cheryl before the end of January at (905) 985-4337, or write her at 5 Pearl Dr., Greenbank. The cost to renew is $25.
February 24th is the Greenbank United Church's Annual Meeting. Please forward any nominations or committee changes to Norma Ferguson and the nominating committee prior to the meeting.
Thursdays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the Greenbank church is guided meditation for all, with minister Stephanie. Her office hours are Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For an appointment with her, call (905)718-8086.
Sincere sympathy goes to Pam Kuiper whose father, Jim Butler, passed away December 20th, 2018. Jim, formerly of Cobourg, lived the past three years at West Shore.
Please call me with your news at 905-985-0535 or drop off in the letter box 20018 Hwy 12, Sunday evenings.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre: Jocelyn Bradbury came in first place and also had the most lone hands. Roy Bradburn finished in second place. Ben Crawford came in third. Jacky Attfield finished in fourth place. Brigitte Moase finished in fifth place. Gord Paisley and Dianne Slute tied for low score. Nestleton Euchre meets every Thursday evening (except holidays) in the Nestleton Community Centre, located at 3971 Hwy 7A. Play starts at 7:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome.
Blackstock & District Lions Club: Our Lions are looking forward to our visit from our District Governor, Jean-Claude Lagrange, and the induction of our new members. Watch for more details. It's soon going to be Lions Effective Speaking time. Students in grades 4 - 6 are eligible to enter the Junior Division of our competition. We host a local competition, then the winners proceed to the District level. Those winners go on to the Multiple District level, which is equivalent to a provincial competition. More in the new year.
Cartwright Central Public School presents “A Snow White Christmas” on Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. This is a collaborative event featuring cast members from grades one through eight. There will also be additional performances by the kindergarten, grade one and two classes, as well as The Cartwright Concert Band, and The Cartwright Strings. The entire evening utilizes student-directed technology and stage crews.
Advance tickets for seating are available at first come, first serve, but general admission tickets are $2 per person at the door.
This past Sunday, on December 9th, those attending worship services at the Blackstock-Nestleton United Church were treated to special Christmas music played on their violins by Faith Moore, Taylor Swain and Alyssa Carnaghan. Abbey and Kate Elliott also performed a lovely piano duet, in keeping with the season.
On Sunday, December 16th, the choir will sing Cantata "The Wondrous Story,” followed by a lunch of soups and treats, with any donations going partially to the Operation Scugog Food Bank. Services begin at 9:45 a.m., and all are welcome. There will also be a Christmas Eve service to which all are invited at 7 p.m. on December 24th.
This week’s Euchre winners are: Minnie Ayling came in first place. Lawrence McLaughlin came in second place. Jocelyn Bradbury came in third place and also had the most lone hands. Joan Graham finished in fourth place. Eileen Nelson came in fifth place. The Blackstock Euchre Club meets every Tuesday evening in the Blackstock United Church Hall, except holidays. Play starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp, and everyone is welcome.
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Only 15 days until Christmas day. For all who attended The Christmas Tractor Parade in Enniskillen on Wednesday evening, I'd like to say that it was an amazing parade. This is the time of year that families get together to celebrate.The Short family gathered at the hall at the Seagrave Church on Saturday afternoon. Over 40 cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles enjoyed a delicious pot luck supper. On Sunday afternoon, the family of Ken and Eleanor Sturman gathered at the Sturman home.
The production of “Mamma Mia” the musical, at the Town Hall in Port Perry was absolutely awesome. Congratulations to everyone involved.
On Saturday, Paul Arculus launched his new book entitled “Nip 'n Tuck” at the Scugog Memorial Library. It is a history of the Port Whitby, Port Perry and Lindsay Railway. Paul spoke to a packed house about various interesting stories with hints of the humour that is in his book. There is no lack of talent in our area.
Our prayers are with Irene Sutch who underwent heart surgery on Monday and to any others who are dealing with health issues.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Minister Stephanie whose birthday is on December 14th. Brooke Acton's birthday is on December 11th and she visited the birthday box. A belated Happy Birthday goes out to Bailey Taylor whose birthday was on December 6th.
Fifty three Samaritan’s Purse shoe boxes were delivered to Woodstock on Tuesday by Tara Taylor, Howard Payne and Rick McAskill. They worked one 4 hour shift of sorting, along with others, who processed 5,000 shoeboxes.
Eleven children thoroughly enjoyed the “Science at Church Rocks vs. Minerals” with geologist Cathy on Sunday, and each left with a gem stone to remind them of their experiment.
The greeters at church were Katie O'Hara and Bill Richmond. Jack and Elizabeth Redshaw lit the Christ Candle, and read the 2nd Advent reading. They lit the 1st candle of HOPE and the 2nd candle of PEACE. The scripture reader was Barb Martyn. The choir sang a lovely anthem entitled “Star Child”. Minister Stephanie asked the youth and young at heart, what does peace mean to you? She asked one side of the congregation talk to one another, and then asked other side to take a deep breath, relax and think of inner peace, and then she reversed the process. Stephanie’s message was about the busy Christmas season, with company coming, and the extra effort we take at this time of the year for decorating, sprucing up the house, buying and wrapping gifts, and doing all the cooking and baking. This a lot of work, and there are so many things demanding our attention and that is what we do. It was suggested that we take the time to prepare for the coming of the Christ Child, the Prince of Peace, and clear a path, and open our hearts to hope, joy and love, and ask the Holy Spirit for peace in our lives. Take a deep breath and bring the true spirit of Christmas into your hearts.Tara Taylor read the Mission and Service report, entitled “Love Thy Neighbours”. Those wishing to place poinsettias in the church in memory of loved ones, please contact Diane Puckrin at (905) 985-2489. Also contact Diane before December 12th to submit names in bulletin.
December 2nd to December 23rd. Please bring a non-perishable food item or paper product for the Scugog Food Bank. The box is at the back of sanctuary.
December 2nd to December 30th . We are looking for donations of clean, gently used towels, bedding and travel size toiletries to be donated to “A Place Called Home” in Lindsay. The box is at the back of sanctuary.
December 16th at 9:15 a.m. Guest speaker is Doug Ferris of Greenbank.
December 16th at 2:00p.m. Tinsel and Tears Service, Blue Christmas, with Minister Stephanie.
December 24th at 4 p.m. Wagon Rides with the Durwards. Christmas Service is at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome.
January 19th at 7.30 p.m. The Joyful Noise Choir is coming to the Seagrave Church. Enjoy the music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and sing along or dance in the aisles. Tickets are $20. Contact Rick at (905) 985-8383, or Keith (905) 985-2489 or Linda (905) 985-8856. The event will be followed by light refreshments and treats.
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Many beautiful Christmas programs are happening in our area and surrounding communities.
Next Sunday, on December 15th, at 7 p.m. at the Greenbank Church, the talented young singer, Naomi Bristow, will bring her Christmas Concert for all to enjoy. Admission is by donation.
Last Friday evening, the Sunday School children presented a play involving the business of the season, and the reason for Christmas by dramatizing the stable scene, the Nativity, and the birth of Jesus. It was followed by the six to eleven year olds making their ukulele debut, and singing a Christmas Carol as they played. They did a great job. Thanks to two very dedicated leaders, Leslie Martens and Holly Smith, and pianist Valerie Hunter, and any other unnamed volunteers who have helped over the year, and continue to serve.
Special thanks also to the sixteen youth, their leaders Denise Bell and Nancy Rensink, and other helpers who gave their third BlackLight Puppet presentation following the Sunday School concert. It was awesome. The youth group travelled to the Brooklin United Church on Sunday, December 9th, for their final performance of 2018.
The Friday night concert concluded with a visit from Santa Claus, and I was told nearly ninety treat bags were handed out to youngsters who were in attendance with families and friends. The line up to meet Santa was long.
On Thursday evening, December 6th, seven Greenbank Hall and Park Board members were recognized for 35 years (each) of volunteer service in our community, by the Township of Scugog. Certificates of Appreciation for 35 years were presented to Marg Prohaska, Cathy Galberg, Larry Doble, Brian Lee, Barb Ward, and Al and Lila Clarkson. A standing ovation was given to Rodd Foster as he was presented with his Certificate of Appreciation for 55 years of dedicated service. It was truly a remarkable moment for those sharing that milestone with him.
On Saturday, the Port Perry Little Rock's team took part in their first Youth Curling Fun Spiel at the Annandale Curling Club. Team members included Ryne Fisher, Rachel Ashton, Thomas Gainey, Alex Greenwood, and Jay Fisher. This excited team, sponsored by Comfort House Heating and Cooling in Greenbank, came in second place out of ten teams, and won a prize of $100. Well done team members.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Al Clarkson, whose father James Clarkson passed away at St. Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia on December 2nd.
It was also sad to hear that Ken Thoms' son Peter died recently after a battle with brain cancer. The Thoms family lived in Greenbank for a time. Now Ken lives in Stouffville.
Sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Carol Wilbur of Utica who died Monday, December 10th. Carol grew up in Greenbank prior to her marriage to her late husband, Hillis. Cancer won another battle. Many are facing and dealing with illnesses, and are in our prayers, especially, Stephanie's mother, Irene, as she faces heart surgery on December 10th, at Toronto General Hospital.
Happy Birthday on December 14th, to Minister Stephanie.
The second Sunday of Advent included the lighting of the Christ candle and the Candle of Peace by Hilary Balmer. The scriptures were read by Pat Raines, and messages of peace were given to the children and adults. The children took their Advent 2 stickers to place on their wreaths in Sunday School. Marita Parsons shared the Mission Minute “Peace to All”, prepared by Pauline Reed. Pauline is now living in Whitby, and joins us as she is able. We give thanks for her continued service of M&S awareness.
The Music of Ministry offered by the choir was titled “Dream a Dream”, and was accompanied by Valerie Hunter.
Next Sunday, the guest speaker will be Doug Ferris. He is one of our congregation members who is a student at Emmanuel College, and is leaving a teaching career to follow God's call. However, Doug gave a homework assignment for next week's message. He asked that we watch the movie “It's a Wonderful Life”.
A joint offering meeting will be at 7 p.m., on December 13th, at the Greenbank Church. Meditation with Stephanie is on December 14th, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., at Greenbank Church. A Tinsel and Tears service, Blue Christmas, with Minister Stephanie will be at the Seagrave United Church, on Sunday, December 16th, at 2 p.m.
The Christmas Eve Service is at 7:30 p.m., on December 24th, at the Greenbank Church. All are welcome. Communion will be served.
Please call (905) 985-0535 with your news items by Sunday evenings, or drop off your information in the box at 20018 Hwy 12, Greenbank.